Michael Horne

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Michael Rex Horne
Born(1921-12-29)29 December 1921
Died6 January 2000(2000-01-06) (aged 78)
EducationBoston Grammar School, Leeds Grammar School, St John’s College, Cambridge
Spouse(s)Dorcas Mary Hewitt
Engineering career
DisciplineStructural engineer
InstitutionsInstitution of Structural Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
Royal Society
Royal Academy of Engineering
AwardsGold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers

Michael Rex Horne OBE [1] FREng, FRS (29 December 1921 – 6 January 2000) was an English structural engineer, scientist and academic who pioneered the theory of the Plastic Design of Structures.[2]

Early life and education

Horne was born in Leicester, England on 29 December 1921. He was educated at Boston Grammar School, Leeds Grammar School and St John’s College, Cambridge where he graduated in Mechanical Sciences with first class honours in 1941 [1]


After graduation Horne worked as an assistant engineer for the River Great Ouse Catchment Board before moving back to Cambridge to work with John Baker, Baron Baker, de:Jacques Heyman and Bernard Neal. In 1960 Horne moved to the chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Horne served on the Merrison Committee of Enquiry into the Collapse of Box Girder Bridges[3] Horne was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1980-81

Awards and honours


  • Baker J F, Horne M R, Heyman J (1956) The Steel Skeleton I, II, Cambridge University Press, UK
  • Horne M R (2014) Plastic Theory of Structures: In SI/Metric Units (2nd Edition), Elsevier Science, ISBN 9781483188454


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